Guarding Tess (1994)



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Movie Info

Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei wrote this comic tale of a former First Lady, now widowed, whose cantankerous and demanding behavior proves too much for her Secret Service bodyguard.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Torokvei, Hugh Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Tess Carlisle

as Doug Chesnic

as Barry Carlisle

as Howard Shaeffer

as Frederick

as Tom Bahler

as Lee Danielson

as Ralph Buoncristiani

as Joe Spector

as Bob Hutcherson

as Kenny Young

as Kimberly Cannon

as Charles Ivy

as Neal Carlo

as Bob Hutcherson

as Barbara

as The President

as Caleb Harrison

as Derrick Hastings

as Kidnapper

as Kidnapper

as Mr. Porter

as Autograph Seeker

as FBI Man

as Plainclothes Guard

as Opera Singer

as Opera Singer

as Waitress

as Store Manager

as James Carlisle

as Shaeffer's Assistant

as Crew Member

as Hairdresser

as Carlo's Secretary

as Helicopter Doctor

as Major Domo

as Yvonne Hernandez

as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Guarding Tess

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Top Critic

Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Guarding Tess


The premise of the movie (differing opinions between a headstrong political widow and her secret service agents) is good. But the movie struggles in the details - especially in last scenes of the movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Guarding Tess is such a Funny movie. A old lady driving a young man Nuts. lol

Wahida K

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Jason Spencer

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